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Monday, 21 May 2012
Page: 4756

Member for Dobell

Mrs BRONWYN BISHOP (Mackellar) (15:01): My question is to the Special Minister of State. I ask the minister in his capacity as minister responsible for registered organisations, in particular as minister responsible for the operation of the New South Wales Labor Party: what steps has the minister taken to satisfy himself about all payments to the member for Dobell for his legal expenses and loans and that they have been appropriately declared to the authorities?

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The member's question is out of order. It refers to party matters entirely.

Mr Pyne: Madam Deputy Speaker, I rise on a point of order. The Special Minister of State is responsible for registered organisations, including political parties. Their disclosure—

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: It was not what the question went to.

Mr Pyne: It was. Their disclosure of donations, like legal fees and loans is therefore—

Mr Melham interjecting

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The member for Banks is warned!

Mr Pyne: very much within the purview of the Special Minister of State. Many questions of this nature have been asked over the years to the Special Minister of State about disclosure of donations, loans and legal fees.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: I have ruled the question out of order.